Weekly health roundup – 9th January

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International health news

Researchers at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering are working on a different approach to regulating blood sugar levels for those with type 2 diabetes. This method would require patients to wear a skin patch which can last several days.  

Several groups of scientists are attempting to develop techniques to make artificial ovaries for women. Artificial ovaries will hopefully help female cancer survivors to be able to conceive.

Country updates

At least 12 people have died in the US following record breaking cold weather. In the state of Missouri, temperatures dropped to as low as -50°C.

Health officials in Britain are looking at whether Alcohol Intoxication Management Services should be rolled out at a national level. This is to hopefully reduce the strain on the emergency services as between 12-15% of emergency room visits are due to alcohol intoxication.

Health advice

Addiction to video games has now been classified as a mental disorder by the World Health Organisation. They say that a patient must demonstrate six months of symptoms before they can be diagnosed.

According to a recent study, a commonly prescribed anti-smoking drug called varenicline may increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke. However, the findings can only state that there is a link between the two and cannot say that varenicline itself was the main cause.